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TOEFL Paper Based Test

The paper delivered test of TOEFL exam is also referred to as TOEFL PBT.

TOEFL PBT test location

Areas across the globe where internet usage has not penetrated to a large extent still offers the TOEFL PBT exam. To check if there is TOEFL PBT exam option in you preferred exam location, check here.

TOEFL PBT exam in India

TOEFL PBT exam is no more available in India. Across India, applicants can now only take up the TOEFL internet exam (TOEFL iBT).

The TOEFL PBT exam tests the English proficiency of non native English users in a classroom setting at the college or university level.


The cost of the TOEFL PBT test is US$170.


The scores of TOEFL PBT exam are received 5 weeks later to the exam date.

TOEFL PBT exam format

In the TOEFL PBT exam, there are three sections:

  • Listening Comprehension
  • Structure and Written Expression
  • Reading Comprehension

This is followed by a last section called TOEFL Test of Written English (TWE), a writing assignment, that has a mandatory 30-minute time allotted. The score of the TOEFL TWE section is not included in the final score of TOEFL PBT exam.

All the four sections are mandatory during the TOEFL PBT exam.

TOEFL PBT exam time duration

The total time duration for TOEFL PBT exam is 4 – hours.

The exam lasts for 3 hours 30 minutes, while an extra 30 minutes is devoted for TOEFL TWE test (a writing assignment).

TOEFL PBT Exam Format

Section Time Duration Number of Questions Description
Listening Comprehension 30 – 40 Minutes 50 Measures the ability to understand spoken English
Structure and Written Expression 25 Minutes 40 Measures the ability to recognize language appropriate for standard written English
Reading Comprehension 55 Minutes 50 Measures the ability to understand non-technical reading material
Test of Written English (TWE) 30 Minutes 1 Topic Measures the ability to write in English


The TOEFL PBT exam score range is in between 310-677.

TOEFL PBT Exam Registration

The TOEFL PBT exam registration happens through the official website of ETS. As there is very limited number of seats for TOEFL PBT exam, candidates are suggested to register keeping ample time in hand in order to get their preferred exam center and date.

There are two ways to register for TOEFL PBT exam – mail or phone.

TOEFL PBT Exam Day Documents

On the TOEFL PBT exam day, you have to carry the following on the exam center:

  • Valid ID document
  • Recent photograph
  • Admission ticket
  • Medium-soft (No. 2 or HB) black lead pencil
  • Eraser

Tips of TOEFL PBT exam

If you are taking the TOEFL PBT exam, then here are some simple tips to follow:

a) Mark only one answer for each question. If you mark more than one answer, you might not be marked for the same.

b) Do not put any extra mark or writing on the TOEFL answer script except marking your answers.

c) Use of eraser is permitted in TOEFL PBT exam.

d) Do not use pen on the TOEFL PBT exam paper.

e) Do keep browsing the ETS official website for latest updates and announcements about TOEFL PBT exam.

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